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AM Prep-Cyber Corner

September 11, 2017


MIAMI (AP) — The wind and rain of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma may not be anywhere near you. But that doesn’t mean you won’t feel the effects of those storms. A number of people are finding that orders placed online have not made it through — either because they are in storm-ravaged areas or because the companies they are doing business with are in storm zones. For example, 50 Florida residents say they didn’t get the flashlights, battery-operated radios, boxed milk, water bottles and first-aid kits the ordered after placing orders on Amazon.com and Nestlé’s ReadyRefresh. Other delivery companies have been stymied by having their shipping or travel lanes knocked out by the storms. Websites like UPS.com have posted advisories — advising customers that storm conditions may delay shipments.


BEIJING (AP) — Some of those hardest hit by China’s crackdown on the internet — are Chinese companies that do business on the internet. Some of the companies that sell clothes and other goods to Americans and Europeans online are finding themselves on the wrong side of the Communist Party’s latest effort to control what people see online. There have been thousands of websites blocked by China’s web filters. Some business transactions have been able to sneak through. But as government web filters continue to sweep through, an increasing number of sites may end up being closed.


CYBERSPACE (AP) — A number of webcams are showing live feeds as Hurricane Irma tears through Florida. While it may be as close as some of us will ever get to hurricane-force winds and rain, keep the extreme conditions in mind as you check out the sites. The livestreams may go down as weather conditions worsen.



— Southernmost Beach Resort Beach & Pier in Key West: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eNCwj35OwmI

— Southernmost point buoy, Key West: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X7ld45pUueQ

— Rooftop of Two Friends Restaurant in Key West: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hGD1byu7gJc

— Cruise ship docks in Key West: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OUhXfVNW-Jg

— Marathon, Florida: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gaErEed7UPI

— Sanibel Causeway in Sanibel: http://www.mysanibel.us/traffic/

— Sanibel Island Beach Cam in Sanibel: https://www.earthcam.com/usa/florida/sanibel/?cam=sanibel_hd

— Fort Myers Beach: https://www.earthcam.com/usa/florida/fortmyers/?cam=fort_myers_gullwing

— University of Florida teaching zoo in Gainesville: https://www.earthcam.com/usa/florida/gainesville/?cam=uflorida2

— Siesta Beach in Sarasota: https://www.earthcam.com/usa/florida/sarasota/?cam=siestabeach

— St. Petersburg, Florida: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xlTKsRZttJE

— Downtown Orlando: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_glxhUUKkyM


NEW YORK (AP) — You may have heard by now that 143 million Americans may have been affected by the massive data breach at the Equifax credit-reporting company. But what people whose information is entrusted to Equifax haven’t heard — is whether their individual data has been compromised. So far, Equifax has been slow to alert the public about the possible extent of their exposure to the “criminals” who swiped the data. There is also little information on how people can protect themselves — and how Equifax plans to help those affected by the data swipe. The breach has exposed crucial pieces of personal data that criminals could use to commit identity theft. That includes Social Security numbers and birthdates to address histories and legal names.

by Oscar Wells Gabriel II

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